Yaya Dacosta From ANTM Back In The Day Does Esquire Magazine

- By Bossip Staff

Yaya Dacosta is still doing her thing in the industry since her stint on America’s Next Top Model Season 3 years ago. Pop the hatch to peep a recent spread of hers from Esquire magazine..

Yaya DaCosta was the “smart one” and runner-up on season three of America’s Next Top Model, so when she visits schools to speak about global environmentalism, it’s hard for some to forget. “Most of the questions will be thought provoking, whether it’s about responsible consumerism or global warming or Haiti,” DaCosta says. “Then someone will ask, ‘Is Tyra Banks nice?'” DaCosta holds degrees in international relations and Africana studies from Brown University, is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and since Top Model ended, has landed roles in movies like The Messenger, Take the Lead, and the upcoming The Kids Are All Right. During college, she hadn’t planned on modeling or acting at all: “The thing at the top of my list was going to Geneva for an intensive in interpreting.” She would’ve been a great asset to foreign diplomacy, but we’re glad she chose otherwise.

Ok Yaya, we see you…looking great!

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  • ZOE SALDANA WILL MAKE THE COVER OF AMERICAN VOGUE...now everyone think about Rhianna's hair cut and cone shaped bra...

    POSITIVITY

    SMART, BEAUTIFUL, EDUCATED, CONFIDENT

    typical African…Nigeria, all the way

  • 8ESBABY

    YAY for Yaya!!

  • Jordan

    wow that is perfection.

  • Pam#2

    Beautiful.

  • stephy

    Uuuummm…typical african? Lmao! No…thats a rare african….typical is ghetto african!!! Haha

  • WELL

    I wanted her to win instead of Eva bird looking self

    I am fluent in english,french and spanish i gonna do what she is doing one day soon good for you gurl

  • XXX

    DARK BUTT UGH!

  • chaka1

    Wow! She looks amazing…

  • coljam21

    I remember when she was on ANTM and she was asked to dtraighten her hair for a shoot she got so defensive and offended that they would ask her to change change the look of her natural afro hair. Now she;s smiling in pictures with weave like hair. Aah yes, everyone has a price. The mighty dollar will make people do anything.

  • AHHHHHHHHHHHHHSHADDAAAP!!!

    I was struck by this sista. She epitomizes an African elegance that is not promoted enough. I wish she didn’t go and straighten her hair though. With her “natural,” she had this regal quality that brought to mind Nefertiti. Glad to see this beautiful woman has graduated to doing things of real substance.

    • j in tucson

      i agree with ahhhhshaddap (6/8/10) that yaya dacosta resembles nefertiti. in fact i was looking for a reference to that online, and wound up here.

      it would be awesome if she plays nefertiti, preferably in a GOOD film, not some schlocky thing. nefertiti, “the most beautiful woman in the world,” and her husband, pharaoh akhenaten, introduced monotheism into egyptian culture a while after the hebrews lived there. according to some sources she may have been the pharaoh after akhenaten. great story!

      the racism i see in some ignorant postings here is sooooo tired. get a life.

  • http://none haze4real

    African beauty???? Lol…..VERY RARE…..

  • Fashion Primadonna

    @haze4real

    African beauty???? Lol…..VERY RARE…..
    ________________________________________

    YOU SOUND CLUELESS AS A MODEL THE AN BEING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY FOR SINCE I WAS 15 (NOW 24) ALL THEY HIRE ARE AFRICAN MODELS. IN FACT AFRICAN MODELS ARE THE STANDARDS THAT’S WHY THE TYRA WAS ALWAYS COMPLAINING ABOUT SO YOU NEED TO COME CORRECT CAUSE YOU SOUND LIKE A JEALOUS BLACK AMERICAN. LOL. BLACK MEN DON’T EVEN LIKE BLACK AMERICAN WOMAN WHEN THEY DATE BLACK WOMEN THEY’RE ALWAYS AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN OR LATIN GUESS IT’S THAT EXOTIC BEAUTY THAT BLACK AMERICAN WOMAN SEVERLY LACK.

  • Pisces82

    I always thought Yaya was very beautiful. She still looks great.

  • maggie

    It is true. Nigerians are always successful. When was the last time you saw a Nigerian working at a fast food restaurant? When Nigerians come to this country they are always doctors, lawyers, dentists, head of the lab, etc . . . She has African parents yes but Nigerians, specifically are serious. Naysayers probably don’t have any experience with Nigerians.

  • aries79

     YaYa is the total package….Don’t 
     hate just congratulate

  • ni99as are stupid

    i spent 3 years in germany, and the african women in germany were some of the most beautiful women i have ever seen in my life.

  • OMG!!!!!!!!

    I love yaya she is so beautiful!

  • tankreeper

    @ MAGGIE…..um dear do u travel at all? like in a taxi? cos many of those taxi cab drivers are….wait for it.NIGERIAN. and @ FASHION……..u sound like a damn fool

  • http://charlyndria.blogspot.com/ Miss Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico & Jamaica

    Yaya DaCosta is Brazilian not Nigerian.

  • infringedblue

    erm news flash, there are many Brazilians that hailed from Nigeria originally. they even have certain parts where nothing but Yoruba is spoken (where Yoruba is one of the major Nigerian languages).

    Yes I am Nigerian and yes this information comes from my Nigerian uncle who lives in Brazil

    Brazilian culture is heavily influenced by west African culture.

    And it’s not just Brazil… even Cuba – and this was coming from a nice Cuban gentleman I met on holiday in New York…

  • http://charlyndria.blogspot.com/ Miss Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico & Jamaica

    erm news flash, there are many Brazilians that hailed from Nigeria originally. they even have certain parts where nothing but Yoruba is spoken (where Yoruba is one of the major Nigerian languages).

    Yes I am Nigerian and yes this information comes from my Nigerian uncle who lives in Brazil

    Brazilian culture is heavily influenced by west African culture.

    And it’s not just Brazil… even Cuba – and this was coming from a nice Cuban gentleman I met on holiday in New York…

    ———————————————–

    Yaya is Brazilian simple as that. Brazilians and other Latinos may have Yoruba ancestors/influnce but that doesn’t make them Nigerian.

    We formed our own identity, we are a mixture of people not just African. But we are Native American/European and Asian also.

  • http://charlyndria.blogspot.com/ Miss Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico & Jamaica

    Nice to see another proud Black Latina show all these fools that Latinos aren’t just pale J.Los. She is Brazillian, she looks 100% Brazilian and Latina to me.

  • real black is chocolate

    I LIKE HER DARK SKIN BUT SHE’S LOOKS LIKE TYPICAL MIXED HOE THAT F’CK OLD LATINO CRACKERS JUTS LIKE “@Miss Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico AND Jamaica”

    SINCE BLACK LATIN AMERICANS DO NOT WISH TO BE BLACK OR CALL YOURSELF AFRO-LATINA…..SO WHO GIVES F’CK AND WHO GIVES SH’T ABOUT THEM FAKE AZZEZ!

    RIP TO BLACK BRAZIL
    RIP TO BLACK UK

    Interracial relationships and mixed/light-skinned is devils sh’t!

    born dark-skinned black stay dark-skinned black!

    ONLY BLACK LOVE!

  • SPEAK .

    DaCosta was born on November 15, 1982 in Harlem, New York.[2] She comes from a multiethnic background and in addition to English can speak Portugese, Spanish, French, and conversational Japanese.[3] She is of Brazilian, West African, Native American/Cherokee and Irish heritage.[4] She majored in African Studies and International Relations at Brown University. YOU ARE B0TH RiGHT . SHEz BRAZiLiAN &&& NiGERiAN, iTS N0T THAT SERi0US .

  • real black is chocolate

    stop doing a genocide of real chocolate/dark-skinned black ppl because if we dont stop we will die like brothers and sisters in south-america…i know the white person very much wants it!!

    white men in america wants same sh’t that is why we have half CRACKER light-skinned president!

    chocolate/dark/red-skinned black ppl in brazil is minority right now plus mixed and light-skinned not want to be dark. black ppl wake f’ck up!

    Interracial relationships and mixed/light-skinned is devils sh’t!

    born dark-skinned black stay dark-skinned black!

    ONLY BLACK LOVE!

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